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Events 2017

Wild Thyme Plants are often visiting local plant fairs. They're often based in the grounds of some fabulous stately homes with beautiful gardens for you to browse for inspiration and there are always delicious homemade refreshments available! Here's the scheduled list of events we'll be attending this year. If there's one near you, why not come along, make a day of it and check us out in person?

If you've spotted a few plants on here that take your fancy, we are more than happy to take orders for shows so that you can avoid expensive postal charges and the hassle of waiting in for a delivery. Drop us an e-mail to jess@wildthymeplants.co.uk or call us on: 07956888477 letting us know what you'd like and which show you'll be attending and we'll bring them along!



  • February 19th, Sunday (10am- 4pm)
    Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival, Garden market
    Come and visit us in Shaftesbury Guildhall, Dorset. As part of the festivities throughout the town we'll be holding a Garden Festival and Country Fair. Shops and cafes will be open along with Lantern - Making workshops, Dorset Button making, Entry to the Trinity Tower with stunning 360 views of the county, Poetry competition and childrens activities at the library. Make a day of it and stay for the spectacular Snowdrop Lantern Parade at 6.30pm! Free entry.


  • February 25th, Saturday (9.30am - 12.30pm)
Shaftesbury Plant and Seed Fair
Shaftesbury Town Hall, High St, Shaftesbury, Dorset. Large selection of plants, seeds and a gardening and cookery book stall. Refreshments available in the hall. 


  • February 26th, Sunday (10am - 2pm) 
    Frome Potato Day and Seed Swap

    The Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE Everything you need to kick start the growing season. Spring-flowering plants, vegetable seeds, potatoes of every variety and bring your collected seed along to swap too! Free Entry and free gardening talks and cookery demonstrations. 



  • March 5th, Sunday (10am - 4pm) 
Forde Abbey Plant and Gardening Fair
Forde Abbey, Nr Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU. Part of Forde Abbey's famous Crocus Week. Beautiful gardens and lots of plant stalls. A great way to herald in the start of the season. Free parking and free entry to plant fair and tearooms.(30 acres of stunning gardens open at a reduced fee of £5).



  • March 10th, Friday (10am -1pm)
The Coach House Garden, Specialist Plant Sale
 
The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester GL7 5RY. Hellebores, bulbs, perennials and shrubs for sale in beautiful gardens. Refreshments available. Entrance £5 Proceeds go towards the James Hopkins Trust. (A charity providing nursing and respite care for severely disabled children under 5yrs old.)


  • March 11th, Saturday (10am - 4pm)
Sherborne Charity Specialist Plant Sale
Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3AA . Organised by Charity Plant Fairs. Indoor plant sale with 17 stands offering a huge range of specialist plants as well as cards and gifts. Beautiful historic town with abbey, castle and Saturday street market to keep you busy for the rest of the day! Parking next to the hall. Admission free with donations to School in a Bag.


  • March 19th, Sunday (10am - 4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Bishop's Palace, Wells
Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD Rare Plant Fair. Explore 14 acres of beautiful gardens, complete with ruins, moat, a maze of bridges and footpaths to keep children busy for hours and the perfect spot for a picnic in good weather. Entry £5 includes entrance to the palace and gardens.  (a substantial reduction on normal admission!) Children under 16 free.



  • March 25th, Saturday (10am - 4pm)
East Lambrook Manor, Hardy Plant Society, Spring Plant Fair
The Hardy Plant Society (Somerset group) Early Spring Plant Fair at East Lambrook Manor, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AH. 16 of the South West's finest independent nurseries alongside Margery Fish's Grade 1 listed garden (recently featured on BBC2's Great British Garden Revival as one of the premier examples of the English cottage garden style). Admission to the fair and gardens £4.00 (£3.50 to HPS /RHS members)Map.



  • April 1st & 2nd, Saturday & Sunday (11am-4pm)
Cornwall Garden Society, Spring Flower Show
Held on the beautiful Boconnoc Estate, Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 0RG, The Cornwall Garden Society hosts the first big flower show of the year. Hundreds of exhibitors, stunning floristry displays including competitive displays of Daffodils and Camellias, various children's activities, extensive refreshments and a bar, make this a fabulous day out for gardening enthusiasts and families alike. Admission £9.50 (£7.50 advance) children under 16 free.

  • April 9th, Sunday (10am - 4pm)
Mapperton House,Charity Specialist Plant Sale
Mapperton House, nr Beaminster, Dorset. A stunning Jacobean manor with beautiful formal gardens (voted in the top 50 UK gardens) including ancient topiary, lake and orangery. The house will be open for the first time in 2016 (an additional admission cost will be charged) Over 30 specialist stands, including giftware, specialist ironmongery and of course lots and lots of plants! Refreshments will be available in the restaurant/cafe. Admission £3 in aid of Multiple Sclerosis.



  • April 23rd, Sunday (10.30am -4pm) 
RDA Plant Fair, Barbury Racecourse
Barbury, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1RS
Adults £3, children (under 12) free. In aid of Kennet Valley Carriage Driving for the disabled.



  • April 29th & 30th, Friday & Saturday (Fri 10am -5pm, Sat 10am - 6pm )
Toby Buckland's Garden Festival, Powderham Castle
Hosted by popular TV gardener Toby Buckland at his own nursery in the picturesque surroundings of Powderham Castle, Kenton, Nr Exeter. A two day garden festival celebrating the best in gardening with leading specialist nurseries from throughout the West Country. A much anticipated family fun event with live music and great food.With guest speakers including Joe Swift (BBC Gardeners World Presenter), Christine Walkden (TV presenter and gardener) and Jim Buttress (Superintendent of the Royal Parks)  What better way to spend the Bank Holiday weekend?
Admission £7.50 (£6 in advance), Children (under 16) free.



  • May 1st , Sunday (10.30am - 4pm) 
Great Chalfield Manor Plant Fair
Great Chalfield Manor, nr Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 8NH. Beautiful National Trust manor, set in the tranquil Wiltshire countryside amongst 7 acres of beautiful gardens. In association with Jamie's Farm. Hog roast, cake stall, teas and coffees and 30 specialist nurseries. Admission to fair and gardens £3.00.



  • May 2nd, Bank Holiday Monday (11am -4pm)
May Day Village Fair, Newton-St-Loe, Nr Bath
Annual May Day Village Fair and Market set in this attractive rural village on the outskirts of Bath. Traditional stalls, games, refreshments, maypole dancing, bands, morris dancing and other entertainment. And we'll be there selling plants too! A fun day out for all the family.



  • May 8th, Sunday (11am - 2pm)
The Holburne Museum, Annual Plant Fair, Bath
The Friends of The Holburne Museum Plant Fair, The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 4DB. Held on the front lawns of the museum in the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Make a day of it, browse the specialist plant stalls, talk to the gardening experts, check out the Holburne's latest exhibition and grab coffee in the Garden Café before wandering over Pulteney Bridge and into the heart of the city for lunch and some sightseeing. 11am - 2pm.


  • April 14th, Saturday (10am - 4pm)
Plant Heritage (NCCPG) Plant Fair, Congresbury
Next to the Roundtrees Garden Centre, Congresbury, Bristol BS49 5AA. Local specialist nurseries and members plants for sale in attractive rural setting close to the west coast. North Somerset Butterfly House on same site (admission charge applicable). Refreshments available. Free entry and parking. 


  • May 14th, Saturday (10am - 4pm)
Yarlington House, Charity Plant Fair
Yarlington House, Nr Wincanton, Somerset. Charity Specialist Plant Sale. Over 31 specialist growers in 2 acres of extensive gardens, including an Italian sunken garden, shade garden and kitchen garden. Set against the stunning backdrop of Yarlington House. Teas, coffees and light refreshments available.
Admission £3.00 in aid of Yarlington Village Hall.

  • May 29th, Sunday (11am - 4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Kingston Bagpuize House, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Stunning 18th century manor house surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland, including formal gardens and lawns, long herbaceous borders, terraces and a dry garden. 28 specialist nurseries.
Admission: Fair & Gardens: Adults £5.00, Children £3.00 ,House, Fair & Gardens: Adults £7.50, Children £4.50  Please note the House will be open from 1pm until 4pm, the additional fee for entry to the House will be collected at the front door. Homemade refreshments available.

Donation made to See-Saw - Grief support for the young in Oxfordshire.

  • May 31st, Sunday (11am -4pm)
Grittleton House Plant and Food Fair

Set in the stunning grounds of Grittleton House, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN14 6AP
A real treat for plant lovers and foodies alike. A great day out with friends and family in aid of Action Medical Research. Free parking. Refreshments available. Admission - Adults £3.00, Children free.


  • June 5th & 6th, Friday & Saturday (Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 5pm)
Toby Buckland's Garden Festival at Bowood House, Wiltshire
Following the enormous success of the Powderham Castle Garden Festival, Popular TV broadcaster Toby Buckland is back with another gardening extravaganza to lead us into the summer. Dozens of specialist nurseries from throughout the region, live music, fantastic food and drink and a some of Britain's most distinguished and celebrated garden experts will all be on hand to make this garden party a fantastic event. Talks by Toby Buckland, Roy Lancaster, Ann Swithinbank and James Wong, all against the beautiful backdrop of Bowood House.
Admission £12.50 Adults, Children under 16 - Free.

  • June 7th, Sunday (11am - 4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Pyt House, Ashampstead, Berkshire
Pyt House, Ashampstead, Berkshire, RG8 8RA. A stunning 4 acre garden designer's garden, divided by the creative use of hedges to create different 'themed' areas, including avenues, ponds and terraces.
Homemade refreshments available. No dogs allowed. Entry £5 -includes gardens. Children under 16, free.

  • June 13th, Saturday (10.30am -5pm)
Cothay Manor, Garden, Plants, Crafts and Food Fair, Somerset
Grade 1 listed manor house with beautiful grounds arranged into different garden 'rooms'. Each one has a completely unique identity and there is sure to be something to inspire even the most experienced gardener. Specialist nurseries from throughout the South West and the opportunity to take tours of the manor itself. In support of Children's Hospice South West. Admission £6 Adults.

  • June 20th -24th, Saturday - Wednesday (10am - 6pm)
The Bishop's Palace Garden Festival, Wells, Somerset
The festival will be opened on the Saturday by Alan Titchmarsh MBE, who celebrates 50yrs of working in horticulture this year and who will be on hand to answer all your gardening queries. Sunday is Family day with games, trails, storytellers, woodland crafts and a bouncy castle. The rest of the festival sees us welcoming  some of the top names in UK gardening, including: Bob Flowerdew (Godfather of Organic Gardening), Christine Walkden (The One Show), Troy Scott-Smith (Head Gardener at Sissinghurst), Charles Dowding (No-dig Pioneeer), Stephen Lacey (The Telegraph horticultural correspondent). Countless specialist nurseries, vintage refreshments, music and entertainment and some fascinating talks from the experts. Admission £9.00 Adults, Children -Free.


  • July 4th, Saturday 
Blackmore Vale Revival, Henstridge Airfield, Somerset
Think 'Goodwood Revival' for this fantastic family day out! -Vintage cars (including 'Bloody Mary' above from the National Motor Museum) will be the stars of the day, along with a stunning air display and the chance to win a flight in a Tiger Moth plane. The choice of Independence day as the date for this event will be reflected in the American theme to the day's festivities. Live music and lots to entertain the children. In aid of cancer charity CLIC Sargent, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and other Lions charities.Admission £5.00 Adults, Children - Free.

  • July 12th, Sunday (11am - 4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Stonor Park, Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire
Stonor, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HF. A beautiful collection of medieval buildings behind a Georgian facade, including a chapel built on the site of an ancient stone circle. Extensive formal gardens, including stunning 17th Century Italianate pleasure gardens with formal ponds and clipped box hedges. The old kitchen gardens have been turned over to long herbaceous borders. A Japanese garden house is also worth a visit. Refreshments available.
Entry £6 to Plant Fair and Gardens. Entry to House, Fair and Gardens £10. House open 2pm - 4pm.

  • July 16th -19th, Thursday - Sunday 
Stratford-upon-Avon Home and Garden Show, Warwickshire
  • July 19th, Sunday (10am - 5pm)
Chenies Manor, Plant Fair, Buckinghamshire
Chenies Manor, Bucks, WD3 6ER. Off the A404 (approx 2 miles from J18 of the M25) Between Rickmansworth and Amersham. One of the South East's premier plant fairs and certainly one of the biggest. Winner of the Historic Houses Association- Garden of the Year 2009. The stunning grounds include a sunken garden, kitchen garden, physic garden, maze, rose gardens and the white garden, all with the gorgeous backdrop of this former palace. Refreshments and lunch available. 
Entry £8 adults, Children under 14, £4.

  • Sunday, 23rd August (10am - 4pm)
Rare Plant Fair, Kilver Court Gardens, Shepton Mallet, Somerset



  • September 6th, Sunday
Rare Plant Fair, Adwell House, Nr Thame

  • September 20th, Sunday
Rare Plant Fair, Llanover House, Nr Abergavenny

  • September 27th, Sunday
Athelhampton